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Loan Report: Holsgrove’s Baleares On A Roll, Holmes’ KSV Get First Win

The latest on how Reading’s loanees are getting on around Europe.

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Sam Smith was unable to continue his fine goalscoring form at the weekend, as Cambridge United were defeated 1-0 at Salford City. Smith played the full 90 minutes but could not find the net in a game where Cambridge were arguably the better side, so he will be disappointed not to get at least a draw in this mid-table clash.

Atletico Baleares made it five wins on the bounce at the weekend with a 2-0 win over Sporting Gijon II. A goal either side of half time wrapped up the win for the hosts as they maintained top spot in Segunda Divison B Group 1. Jordan Holsgrove started the game but was brought off after an hour with Atletico already two goals up. Up next for Baleares is second-placed Ibiza.

Since moving on loan to Belgium, Tom Holmes has not seen any action for KSV Roeselare, but he did come on off the bench for the second-tier side last Saturday, who won their first competitive game of the season, at the eleventh time of asking. Three goals in ten first-half minutes set the tone for an impressive performance by the home side, as they defeated second place Leuven 3-1. The visitors grabbed their consolation goal in injury time but the damage was already done. Holmes came on five minutes after half time and helped his side to their first league win of the season.

Coventry City will be left wondering how they lost 1-0 at home to Tranmere last Sunday. The Sky Blues had nineteen shots in the game, but only one shot on target compared to the visitors three shots in the entire game. Coventry also enjoyed 72% possession in the game, yet despite dominating the stats, Corey Blackett-Taylor grabbed the winner for Tranmere seven minutes from time. Despite a good performance in the EFL Trophy in the week, Tennai Watson was an unused sub in this game.